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Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

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With the stress of this year’s election, I think we all deserve something a little extra cheesy and delicious this week. These chicken enchiladas are my definition of comfort food, and they can easily be made ahead which is always a plus! Flour tortillas are stuffed with a tasty chicken and poblano pepper filling, rolled up and topped with a homemade cheese sauce and salsa verde. Finish in the oven for that bubbly cheesy goodness, and you have the perfect warm and cozy meal.

I wanted to make a cheese sauce for this dish to make it extra creamy and delicious, but you could substitute regular shredded cheese or a store bought queso to make for an even quicker meal. I was making this ahead to bake on another day, so I had the time for a little extra effort. When I make these enchiladas again, I will probably use shredded cheese instead of the sauce. I’ll let you know which turns out best! I used half hot habanero cheese for my sauce, but some may prefer to use a milder option like pepperjack or skip the spicy cheese altogether.
hand holding cabot hot habanero cheddar cheese in front of cutting board covered with chopped poblanos, chicken, corn and diced onion

I think the poblano peppers are what make this dish so special, but the beauty of enchiladas is that you can customize them any way you like. Change up the filling, use your favorite sauce, or switch up the toppings. You really can’t go wrong. BUT…if I were you, I would keep the poblanos ????. Corn adds a little sweetness to these enchiladas which I think is nice. I chose to use store-bought, cooked rotisserie chicken for ease, but you can cook up any chicken you have on hand. Just dice it up and sauté it with your onion and peppers.

No matter what you choose to put in your enchiladas, the process remains the same.

Assembling Enchiladas

  1. Lay out a large flour tortilla and cover it lightly with sauce.
    large flour tortilla smothered with refried beans and salsa verde
  2. Load the center with your filling of choice and top with either a cheese sauce or shredded cheese.
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  3. Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in an appropriate size baking dish.
  4. Smother with another layer of sauce and cheese and bake until golden and bubbly.
    chicken enchiladas covered in salsa verde in green 9x13 baking dish

Freezing Enchiladas

Don’t forget that you can easily make these ahead and freeze for a later date. You will want to cover them tightly with plastic wrap, then with a layer of aluminum foil. They will keep for several months in your freezer. I would increase the total baking time to 30 minutes when reheating from frozen. This is also a great dish to prepare for a gathering to pop in the oven when you arrive, or to send to a friend when they need a little extra support. A close friend of mine sent frozen enchiladas to our house when my little one was born and it was perfect.

Hope you enjoy. Let me know how it goes!

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blue 9x13 baking dish filled with chicken enchiladas smothered in cheese sauce and topped with cilantro and avocado

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde


  • Author: Katelyn
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Flour tortillas are stuffed with an ultra tasty chicken and poblano pepper filling, rolled up and topped with homemade cheese sauce and salsa verde then baked in the oven for an extra cheesy, warm and cozy meal.  


Ingredients

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Enchilada Filling

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed from bones and chopped (about 3 cups of chicken)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 poblano peppers, roughly chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 16 ounce jar of salsa verde

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cabot hot habanero cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Toppings:

  • fresh cilantro
  • sliced avocado

Instructions

Prepare the Enchilada Filling:

  1. Sauté diced onion and poblano peppers in 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat until softened (about 7 minutes).
  2. Add the chopped chicken, minced garlic, corn, kosher salt, cumin, and chili powder. Stir until thoroughly combined and cook 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Prepare the Cheese Sauce:

  1. Melt butter in a sauce pot over medium low heat, add flour and whisk until a smooth paste forms. Continue to stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly add in your milk a little at a time allowing the sauce to heat up between additions.
  3. Bring sauce to a simmer, add salt, and cook for 10-15 minutes stirring and scraping the sides of the pot occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in your shredded cheeses.

Assemble Enchiladas:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. 
  2. Lay out a large flour tortilla on your work surface and cover with a layer of refried beans and salsa verde. Use the salsa verde sparingly as you will want to have some leftover for topping the enchiladas. 
  3. Spoon the enchilada filling over the center of the tortilla and top with cheese sauce (or shredded cheese).
  4. Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in your prepared baking dish. You may need to fold the ends under so the enchiladas will fit.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 with the remaining tortillas.
  6. Spoon remaining salsa verde and cheese sauce (or shredded cheese) over the top of the enchiladas and cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, and remove foil to bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. 
  8. Top with fresh cilantro and sliced avocado and enjoy!

Notes

  • Can freeze for up to 3 months
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican-American

Keywords: chicken, enchiladas, salsa verde

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7 Comments

  1. Loved this recipe! I was eating the cheese sauce out of the pan while layering the enchiladas ????
    It also makes enough for leftovers which is great for busy weeknights!
    Will definitely be making them again soon!

    • I’m so glad you liked them! I actually increased the amount of sauce in the recipe because I was also eating it by the spoonful making the enchiladas! Thanks for trying them out 🙂

  2. Shara Owensby

    Loved this recipe! Made the spicy version with the combo of habanero cheese and sharp cheddar for the cheese sauce and a medium salsa verde, and also toned it down a notch by using only sharp cheddar cheese for the cheese sauce and a mild salsa verde, and both were delicious! Also, love that you can make it ahead, or freeze for later.

    • Thank you for trying it! I’m glad you enjoyed. And yes, It’s a perfect freezer meal to reheat later or take to a friend. I love that you made it both ways!!

  3. Delicious! Used regular sharp Cabot so it wouldn’t be too spicy for the children. The cheese sauce is SO good! Definitely a keeper.

  4. Oops forgot the stars! ????‍♀️

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